Windows 8

Last reply by 06-01-2021 Solved
Start a Discussion
Not applicable
12010

New hard drive.. Windows 8 install asking for product key

Hi,

I replaced a failed HDD and when installing Win8 from from Dell's Windows 8 Recovery Media disk I get asked for the product key. There is no option to skip the key. Dead in the water. 

Posts similar to mine end up with a DELL support asking for a PM of the service tag. I can do that but need to know who to PM.

Thanks

Wayne

Solution (1)

Accepted Solutions
7 Plutonium
9295

Use a Windows 10 RS1 .iso it'll input all Dell OEM UEFI BIOS System Locked Preinstallation keys. See here for details:

http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/download-windows-10-oem-and-retail-iso/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nt8aJNxR_js

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qR27q5yMzk

Dr Philip Yip
Tech Enthusiast and Author of the Unofficial Dell Windows Reinstallation Guide

Windows FAQs and OEM Downloads


#IDoNotWorkFor Dell

View solution in original post

Replies (8)
Anonymous
Not applicable
9295

Hi,

Thank you for writing to us !

Kindly provide us with the service tag and email address .

You can private message me by adding me to you list.

Thanks

Robin

2 Bronze
2 Bronze
9295

I have exactly the same problem. Can you help me fixing it?

7 Plutonium
9296

Use a Windows 10 RS1 .iso it'll input all Dell OEM UEFI BIOS System Locked Preinstallation keys. See here for details:

http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/download-windows-10-oem-and-retail-iso/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nt8aJNxR_js

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qR27q5yMzk

Dr Philip Yip
Tech Enthusiast and Author of the Unofficial Dell Windows Reinstallation Guide

Windows FAQs and OEM Downloads


#IDoNotWorkFor Dell
2 Bronze
2 Bronze
9291

This appears to have really saved my day. Thank you so much!

Windows 10 installed just fine and, according to the screenshot below, I believe it got activated. Can you confirm that? It says "Windows ativado", meaning "Windows activated". Just for curiosity, I tried to run one of those Product Key finders and it didn't find the MSDM table in ACPI.

8428

I have installed new HDD and prepared usb to reinstall win 8. My laptop has sticker on the bottom that says Windows 8 but when I get to the prompt for a key it is blank and needs me to input. According to instructions provided by Mr Yip it should auto fill this but it is not. Where can I get this info? 

Thanks 

8410


@SidVic wrote:

I have installed new HDD and prepared usb to reinstall win 8. My laptop has sticker on the bottom that says Windows 8 but when I get to the prompt for a key it is blank and needs me to input. According to instructions provided by Mr Yip it should auto fill this but it is not. Where can I get this info? 

Thanks 


You skip that step and allow WIndows 8 to complete installing.

Once you get online, Windows 8 should activate.

 

.

8395

8.0 or 8.1 require Generic Key to install.

These keys are not for Activation Just for install.

XKY4K-2NRWR-8F6P2-448RF-CRYQH (Windows 8 Pro)
RR3BN-3YY9P-9D7FC-7J4YF-QGJXW (Windows 8 Pro MCE)
FB4WR-32NVD-4RW79-XQFWH-CYQG3 (Windows 8 Home)
XHQ8N-C3MCJ-RQXB6-WCHYG-C9WKB (Windows 8.1 Pro)
GBFNG-2X3TC-8R27F-RMKYB-JK7QT (Windows 8.1 Pro MCE)
334NH-RXG76-64THK-C7CKG-D3VPT (Windows 8.1 Home)


VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T (Windows 10 Pro)
YTMG3-N6DKC-DKB77-7M9GH-8HVX7 (Windows 10 Home - multi)
BT79Q-G7N6G-PGBYW-4YWX6-6F4BT (Windows 10 Home - single)

You can use these keys to install Windows but not to activate.

 


Report Unresolved Customer Service Issues
here

I do not work for Dell. I too am a user.

The forum is primarily user to user, with Dell employees moderating
Contact USA Technical Support


Get Support on Twitter @DellCaresPro


Diagnostics & Tools

3908

Hi, I'm trying to reinstall Windows 8.1 Pro on my Dell Latitude 3550. The WINDOWS 8.1 sticker is on the bottom of the laptop but no Product Key. <Service Tag removed>. I downloaded the windows 8.1 ISO from Microsoft but it is asking for a Product Key, which I don't have and it will not let me skip entering the key.

Latest Solutions
Top Contributor